90 Art Quotes to Inspire and Motivate Your Creative Spirit

You may have noticed that we love quotes of all kinds, so today we’re featuring art quotes, from our creator’s community, ourselves and from the best scoured online.

Quotes can be like mantras, invocations, affirmations and a pep talk from the universe. Like any tool, quotes help, if we put them to use.

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We kick of this list of 90 art quotes with one of our favorite from the multi-talented photographer entrepreneur, Chase Jarvis. We think Chase sums it all up for artists in any medium seeking to make a living from your art.

Invocations, affirmations, and mantras work if you use them regularly and support them with daily conscious action.

Art Quotes

  1. My experience says that if you put out a lot of personal work that’s good, it tends to attract high dollar commercial work. But to be clear – I don’t create art to get high dollar projects, I do high dollar projects so I can create more art.
    ~ Chase Jarvis, photographer, entrepreneur, creator of CreativeLive, as featured on Forbes.
  2. I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom. Like art.
    ~ Toni Morrison, American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor emeritus at Princeton University
  3. To seek beauty is our nature. To create beauty is to align with the universe, and be transported.
    ~ LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com
  4. An artist has only 2 choices: make excuses or make art.
    ~ Shane Mehling, a freelance writer and editor who plays in noiserock bands
  5. To create is to align with the creator.
    ~ LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com
  6. The best camera, is the one that you have with you!
    ~Chase Jarvis, photographer, entrepreneur, creator of CreativeLive
  7. I think the role of the artist is, is to take whatever it is they believe in and put it out there so the public can see it.
    ~David “Lebo” Le Batard, Cuban-American fine artist and graphic, digital, murals, live painting, and sculpture
  8. Creativity is the new literacy.
    ~ Chase Jarvis, photographer, entrepreneur, creator of CreativeLive
  9. There are only two options: make progress or make excuses.
    ~Tony Robbins, coach, entrepreneur, visionary, thought leader
  10. My need, my job, my purpose, my goal, my hope… isn’t to do good art. It’s to do my art.
    ~ Lynne Hundley – artist, retired pastor
  11. Great art picks up where nature ends.
    ~ Marc Chagall, Russian-French transdisciplinary artist
  12. I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.
    ~Carrie Fisher
  13. Overcoming fear and conceiving this ‘art of more’ should be a fundamental practice in what it is that you do and make.
    ~ Chase Jarvis, photographer, entrepreneur, creator of CreativeLive
  14. There are three responses to a piece of design – Yes. No. and WOW! Wow! is the one to aim for.”
    ~Milton Glaser, American graphic designer & entrepreneur
  15. Here’s to freedom, cheers to art. Here’s to having an excellent adventure and may the stopping never start.”
    ~Jason Mraz
  16. I try to take every disadvantage as an advantage.
    Autumn de Forest, ~Autumn de Forest, child prodigy artist, philanthropist, humanitarian
  17. A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.
    ~Vladimir Nabokov
  18. My aim is to show the visible as possibility in a state of perpetual becoming.
    Yaacov Agam, Israeli sculptor and artist specializing in experimental optical and kinetic art
  19. When bankers get together for dinner, they discuss Art. When artists get together for dinner, they discuss Money
    ~Oscar Wilde
  20. To draw, you must close your eyes and sing.
    ~Pablo Picasso, famous multidisciplinary Spanish artist, 1881-1773
  21. For me, imperfections turn out to be a path to freedom. Once I’ve “ruined” a project, I don’t have to worry about doing it perfectly any more. I can just get on with it.
    ~ Lynne Hundley – artist, retired pastor
  22. There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.
    ~Pablo Picasso
  23. All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind. Bob Ross
  24. You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star. Friedrich Nietzsche
  25. Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies. Erich Fromm
  26. I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image. Because the painting has a life of its own.
    ~Jackson Pollock
  27. Art lives from constraints and dies from freedom. Leonardo da Vinci
  28. I paint my flowers so they will not die.
    ~ Frida Kahlo
  29. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. Albert Einstein
  30. To create is to bring forth love… to conceive it, to birth it, nurture it, raise it up and release it to a life of its own.
    ~ LeAura Alderson, co-founder, iCreateDaily.com
  31. Art is a subset of creativity.
    ~ Chase Jarvis, photographer, entrepreneur, creator of CreativeLive
  32. It is not a torment to be an artist. It is a privilege. Louise Bourgeois
  33. To be great, art has to point somewhere.
    ~Anne Lamott
  34. Being an artist… a lot of what it really means is trial and error. Trying things that don’t work… that’s how you learn.
    ~Autumn de Forest, ~Autumn de Forest, child prodigy artist, philanthropist, humanitarian
  35. My goal as an artist is to create art that makes people look at the world in a different way.
    ~Autumn de Forest, child prodigy artist, philanthropist, humanitarian
  36. Art is an instrument for peace and creativity.
    ~Yaacov Agam, world renowned kinetic artist, born 1928, Israel
  37. To touch art is to touch the mind; to touch the mind is to touch a life.
    ~ J. David Arnold,
  38. Art, when inspired with love, leads to higher realms. Love art, and that art will open for you the inner life.
    ~Meher Baba,
  39. It is the artist’s privilege to turn any effort into art.
    ~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com
  40. Portfolios are everything, promises are nothing. Do the work.
    ~Chase Jarvis, photographer, entrepreneur, creator of CreativeLive
  41. Art is man’s nature; nature is God’s art.
    ~Philip James Bailey,
  42. Art touches the soul… art is communication… it reaches out from the canvas and passes through the eyes of the viewer right into his heart where it can leave an imprint of beauty that can make the spirit sing.
    ~Nina Baldwin,
  43. What is art? Nature concentrated.
    ~Honore de Balzac
  44. Art is like therapy; what comes up is what comes up. It may be dark, but that’s what comes up. You may want to keep some of it in a drawer… but never judge it.
    ~Nick Bantock
  45. The veracity of ‘art for art’s sake’ is more accurately expressed as ‘art for our sake.’
    ~Che Baraka,
  46. Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.
    ~ Salvador Dali, Spanish surrealist
  47. Art is the stored honey of the human soul.
    ~ Theodore Dreiser, American novelist and journalist
  48. Art begins with resistance, at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
    ~ Andre Gide, French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
  49. Art is man’s constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him.
    ~Chinua Achebe,
  50. Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
    ~Rabindranath Tagore, a Bengali, Indian polymath, poet, musician and artist, 1861-1941
  51. Art is born in attention. Its midwife is detail.
    ~Julia Cameron,
  52. A picture is a work of art, not because it is ‘modern,’ nor because it is ‘ancient,’ but because it is a sincere expression of human feeling.
    ~John F. Carlson,
  53. The purpose of art is to bring people into presence.
    ~Jim Carrey, American actor,
  54. What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining, elusive element which is life itself. ~Willa Cather,
  55. Art distills sensations and embodies it with enhanced meaning.
    ~ Jacques Barzun, American historian
  56. Art seems to me to be a state of soul more than anything else.
    ~Marc Chagall,
  57. In everything that can be called art there is a quality of redemption.
    ~Raymond Chandler,
  58. Art distills sensations and embodies it with enhanced meaning.
    ~ Jacques Barzun, American historian
  59. Art for art’s sake.
    ~Victor Cousin
  60. The artist’s sanctum is a sacred space where healing occurs. Pains are released in drops of color on waves of sound, springing joy to life from infinity.
    ~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com
  61. Art is our memory of love. The most an artist can do through their work is say, let me show you what I have seen, what I have loved, and perhaps you will see it and love it too.
    ~Annie Bevan,
  62. I believe art is foremost for the artist who creates it. You do it for your soul, and if the rest of the world gets something from it, that’s a bonus.
    ~Marion Boddy-Evans,
  63. Art is a meeting between self and soul. Each time the conversation is different.
    ~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com
  64. The history of art is the history of revivals.
    ~Samuel Butler, novelist, – b.1835 d.1902…
  65. Art, in all its forms, is the true history of the world.
    ~Gavin Calf,
  66. There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.
    ~Isaac D’israeli
  67. Art is a necessity – an essential part of our enlightenment process. We cannot, as a civilized society, regard ourselves as being enlightened without the arts.
    ~Ken Danby,
  68. Art is the idealization of the real and realization of the ideal.
    ~Francois Delsarte,
  69. Don’t worry about mistakes. Making things out of mistakes, that’s creativity.
    ~Peter Max, American artist known for using bright colors
  70. The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
    ~Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher and scientist, 384 – 322 BC
  71. Art is not the possession of the few who are recognized writers, painters, musicians; it is the authentic expression of any and all individuality.
    ~John Dewey
  72. All art, whether it pleases us or not, helps to add color, excitement, joy, or sadness and, most often, a sense of awe to our life’s experience.
    ~Henry O. Dormann,
  73. Art does not lie down on the bed that is made for it; it runs away as soon as one says its name; it loves to be incognito. Its best moments are when it forgets what it is called.
    ~Jean Dubuffet
  74. Art distills sensations and embodies it with enhanced meaning.
    ~Jacques Barzun, American historian
  75. Art can lead you to God. I think that’s the purpose of everything. If it’s not doing that, what’s it doing? It’s leading you the other way. It’s certainly not leading you nowhere.
    ~Bob Dylan, American musician/singer/songer writer
  76. The artist who creates in sacred silence enters a deep meditative state and is transported to a timeless place that fuels the spirit and kindles the heart to create love into art.
    ~LeAura Alderson, author, entrepreneur, co-founder-iCreateDaily.comcreativity quotes, art quotes
  77. Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.
    ~Jean Cocteau, French poet, writer, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker
  78. Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.
    -Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-American writer
  79. Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else.
    ~ Sydney Gurewitz Clemens, consultant in early childhood education
  80. Art is too important not to share.
    Romero Britto, Brazilian artist, painter, serigrapher, and sculptor
  81. A blank canvas…has unlimited possibilities.
    ~Stephanie Perkins
  82. No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time.
    -Martha Graham, American modern dancer and choreographer
  83. Art is just a pigment of your imagination.
    -Tony Follari, comedian
  84. Art completes what nature cannot bring to finish. The artist gives us knowledge of nature’s unrealized ends. ~Aristotle,
  85. I think… I feel… I create… therefore I am.
    ~Autumn de Forest, child prodigy artist, philanthropist, humanitarian
  86. Art is an affirmation of life.
    ~Trevor Bell,
  87. All of the arts, poetry, music, ritual, the visible arts, the theater, must singly and together create the most comprehensive art of all, a humanized society, and its masterpiece, free man.
    ~Bernard Berenson,
  88. Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.
    ~ Alfred North Whitehead, Anglo-American mathematician & philosopher
  89. There is no must… no should… no right way. The artist is free to create whatever he or she is compelled to create.
    ~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com
  90. No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul.
    ~Ingmar Bergman, Swedish director, writer, and producer in film, theatre, tv and radio

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